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Horn Ladle

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Horn (possibly mountain sheep)
  • Place Made: Alaska, United States
  • DATES late 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 3 13/16 × 11 1/4 × 7 1/16 in. (9.7 × 28.6 × 17.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION An animal horn was steamed and softened then shaped into this ladle. Engravings on the exterior of the bowl depict scenes of daily life: a whale hunt, men spearing walruses, fish drying outside a house, a fenced reindeer herd, a dog sled, two wrestling bears, and a shaman performing a ritual inside a house to heal the sick. Heavy engravings of a walrus head and shoulders and fishermen hauling in nets decorate the handle's interior. The ladle is in good condition.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Iñupiaq. Horn Ladle, late 19th century. Horn (possibly mountain sheep) , 3 13/16 × 11 1/4 × 7 1/16 in. (9.7 × 28.6 × 17.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 56.6.30. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 56.6.30_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 56.6.30_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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